What Insiders Are Saying
Ottolenghi is a casual restaurant and deli that serves fresh Middle Eastern-influenced food, pastries and excellent salads.
We were so excited to dine at Ottolenghi, having sampled both the TV programmes and the cook books, and we weren't disappointed. The staff were friendly and attentive, the food was absolutely delicious- fresh, healthy and beautifully-cooked and flavoured. We're both not eating gluten and that was no problem at all. There was even a selection of gorgeous gluten-free cakes. I had the orange and almond cake with chocolate ganache and my husband had the lemon and almond and pistachio cake. To die for! Can't wait to come again.
Service was excellent, such friendly and knowledgable staff. The food was delicious, and the restaurant itself was beautiful. Highly recommend and can't wait to come back!
We had a wonderful time at Ottolenghi ! We ate delicious food ; the desserts are wonderful
Best food I’ve had in a long time. The sardines were delicious along with the broccoli salad and fennel salad - perfect.
Loved everything! Food was delicious.
Very relaxed atmosphere. The service was efficient but we did not feel rushed. We had mainly vegetarian small plates which were incredibly tasty. The king prawns were also excellent. My daughters highly recommend the flourless chocolate cake and said it was the best they had ever tasted.
A meal with some interesting flavours, tried the sardines, aubergine and feta, plum and duck balls, Turkish dumplings. All delicious.
Mid afternoon late lunch for a friends birthday the food was excellent lovely atmosphere would definitely come again. Thank you for the cake too
Super friendly, super food no more words needed!!
Excellent food, brilliant staff and a great vibrant buzz about the place - I'll definitely be back!
This was my first visit to any of Ottolenghi's restaurants and the food and service exceeded my already high expectations. Wonderful.
It’s not that great. The recipes are really good, the menu is balanced. But the execution of it all is not at all that good. The kitchen, the waiters, and the bartenders are not aiming for perfection, and that, you can feel and taste.
What was great: meat, deserts
What was dissapointing: artichokes poorly selected and roasted, shrimps crumbly, waiters pushy, wine served too late
It was my first time visiting an restaurant of Ottolenghi, i love it and I will come back soon.
Great menu although some further explanation on it would definitely help, regarding the food and sharing plates.
Slightly slow service to begin with, but the staff were very friendly and helpful, I have already been back!
The best meal we ever had in London. Very friendly service, very delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere.
An explosion of taste. It's hard to believe that food this healthy can be this tasty. The lunch combinations are versatile. The wine is good.
Great food. Very noisy and busy but service still good and we were left chatting at our table unhurried and unhassled which was such a treat. Will return no question.
A dream come true.
We've enjoyed our outstanding lunch,
loved the ambiance,
the service was great & spontaneous.
We had a very nice coctail to start
our lovely lunch but unfortunately
our food came before the drinks.
Otherwice we had a lovely time at Ottolenghi.
We really enjoyed our breakfast visit to Ottolenghi Spitalfields. The food was excellent and unusual. The service was very good and the waitstaff gave very good recommendations. Overall, we highly recommend coming here for a lovely brunch!
I would to have liked to have seen more of a range of desserts . felt there was a heavy reliance of cake which for me represents afternoon tea . Having said that - I will be back because of the outstanding food and service
Delicious food! I’ll come back soon! The waiters are very nice even we have to wait for our plates.
Very good experience. Recipes are representative of the cooking books. Nice formula
I have been going to Ottolenghi in Islington for years and loved the fresh exciting flavours and textures. I took a client to Liverpool Street and the experience was very very disappointing. I felt ashamed of my choice of restaurant. I ordered 3 salads which were all tasteless and bland. The tabbouleh seemed to have no herbs or spices, the green bean salad had one spinach leaf and no asparagus and again no flavour. The aubergine was tasteless and a greasy mess. I am so used to flavoursome food with great spices and herbs and this was nothing like it. My guest had sardines (actually one greasy half a sardine) and two salads. He didn’t eat either of them - his green beans were raw and tasteless. What has happened - I hope it’s not a case of expanding too quickly and becoming a poor franchise.
Was so looking forward to trying this version of the Ottolenghi empire. It was ok but not memorable and fairly pricey for what is basically a salad bar. Room temperature choices or wait until 13.15 for the "hot" lunch menu. As a 12.45 booking was needed due to onward travel it would have been good to know this at time of booking.
An extraordinary experience. Brilliantly choreographed by our attentive server, Andrea, we enjoyed a gastronomic masterclass ranging widely through meat, fish and vegetarian mezze before tucking away some deli treats for morning snack. Already planning to return.
Am loving these restaurants, every single one offers something slightly different but impeccable standards across them all.
We really enjoyed our evening here, the food was good (though not a huge choice for meat eaters) the service was very good and there was a nice chilled vibe. I think it’s a great choice if you’re a mixed group of veggies and meat eaters, although there was a limited choice of meat dishes the ones that we had were absolutely delish
Slightly disappointed today. Food so loaded on small plate most ended up on table with initial mouthfuls . Good flavours and interesting textures to salads. Chicken tough...possibly just unlucky as always great experience and staff lovely.
We went for lunch and enjoyed it very much. We were not in too much of a hurry but we were surprised to find that our main course took over 30 minutes to arrive. The bread and drinks came quickly but you would think that the relatively small number of main courses would not take so long even at a busy time. And the many salads could be prepared in advance.
Nonetheless, Ottolenghi is a god, so don't miss it.
Service was great. The only thing I don’t like is being told to vacate the table as they have a second lunch booking on our table.
Great food, very friendly and helpfull service. A bit noisy. I will definitely return to try other dishes!
Fab Food,Fab Service, Fab Evening
Really delicious food. We had the piedmont peppers with our drinks, then two 'starters' and two 'mains' to share. Everything was very good, I specially liked the celeriac - and I dont normally like that.
We occasionally have to work up in the city, and eating here, makes a 'long hard day' a treat to look forward to. We will be back !
It was fantastic and everything I expected after the rave reviews I’d heard.
Great but hassled to rush and leave a tiny bit. We were told our table was needed but there were other tables available so seemed a bit odd - I’d not recommend if you wanted to stay and chat over drinks
Repeat visitor. Sensational experience - as always!
Fantastic lunch with friends. My Sardines were fantastic and the accompanying salads were beautifully presented and were very tasty indeed. Great balance of flavours on what was a delicious, flavoursome and healthy lunch.
Went to Ottolenghi Spitalfields for breakfast; ambience was lovely, buzzy but not loud and service was extremely welcoming, very helpful and happy wait staff. Breakfast food was lovely, small choice but good ones, different from the traditional with a twist. Will definitely recommend and will be going back.
I’ve been dreaming of coming here and brought my friend along for a birthday treat.
It did not disappoint. The food and wine was subliminal- fresh and wining combinations. However what made it for us was the service we received from Claudia. She was attentive in exactly the right way, friendly, took care of us well and answered any questions with passion and insight. Thank you Claudia.
The food was incredible - tastiest food I've had in quite a long time. The only downside is the pricing really! It's a once every year or two occasion for sure.
The servers we very friendly, although super busy so didn't check in too much. They also forgot two of my orders, one I reminded them about and one I didn't.
Overall great experience.